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Ecosystem Ecology Group

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

About the Group

The Ecosystem Ecology Group focuses on interactions among physical, chemical, and biological elements of riverine ecosystems that organize ecological behavior at local and regional scales. We are also interested in the effects of global change (land use, atmospheric deposition, emergent contaminants) on the structure and function of streams and rivers, and the need for more socio-ecological perspectives on conservation and restoration of running water ecosystems.

Ecosystem Ecology Staff

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Stephanie Bernasconi

Research Technician, Part-Time Environmental Educator
Sara Damiano

Sara Damiano

Research Technician
Michael Gentile

Michael Gentile

Research Technician
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Marc Peipoch, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist

Ecosystem Ecology News

A woman kneeling in a stream collects a rock scraping sample for microbial analysis.
We’ve Missed This! Stroud Center Resumes Fish Monitoring
It feels like a breath of fresh air for our research staff to resume our fish monitoring project in 37 streams of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
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Ghosts of landuse past: legacy effects of milldams for riparian nitrogen (N) processing and water quality functions
Inamdar, S., M. Peipoch, A. Gold, E. Lewis, J. Hripto, M. Sherman, K. Addy, D. Merritts, J. Kan, et al. 2021. Environmental Research Letters 16: 035016.
Photo of a farm with a large muddy area with cattle.
A Small Farm Offers Big Opportunities for Measuring Watershed Restoration Success
Stream restorations rarely get monitored rigorously enough to determine if the “patient” has fully recovered.
Spotlight on Stephanie Bernasconi
Spotlight on Stephanie Bernasconi
Bernasconi originally wanted to be a marine biologist but a semester on a sailing ship convinced her to stick to studying fresh water.
Stream Reach: Building Communities from White Clay Creek to the Yangtze Basin
Stream Reach: Building Communities from White Clay Creek to the Yangtze Basin
To truly make a difference requires, not only understanding freshwater systems, but working with all kinds of communities to protect them.
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Stream restoration for legacy sediments at Gramies Run, Maryland: early lessons from implementation, water quality monitoring, and soil health
Mattern, K., A. Lutgen, N. Sienkiewicz, G. Jiang , J. Kan, M. Peipoch, and S. Inamdar. 2020. Water 12(8):2164.
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